Since everything will be destroyed in this way, think of the kind of holy and godly people you ought to be
The wicked take out a sword and bend the bow, to bring down the humble and the poor to slay those who are righteous in conduct.
Whoever offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifies me, and I will reveal the salvation of God to whomever continues in my way." To the Director: A Davidic Psalm. When the prophet Nathan came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
While the earth and all its inhabitants melt away, it is I who keep its pillars firm." Interlude
Wail, you gate! Cry out, you city! Melt away, all you Philistines! For smoke comes from the north, and there's no one to take measure in its festivals.
The earth is utterly shattered, the earth is split apart, the earth is violently shaken.
The valleys will be split, all the stars in the heavens will fall down, and the skies will be rolled up like a scroll. All their starry host will fade away like leaves withering on a vine, or fruit withering on a fig tree.
The men were amazed. "What kind of man is this?" they asked. "Even the winds and the sea obey him!"
For this is what we boast about: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world with pure motives and godly sincerity, without earthly wisdom but with God's grace especially toward you.
The only thing that matters is that you continue to live as good citizens in a manner worthy of the gospel of the Messiah. Then, whether I come to see you or whether I stay away, I may hear all about you that you are standing firm in one spirit, struggling with one mind for the faith of the gospel,
Our citizenship, however, is in heaven, and it is from there that we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus, the Messiah.
for the gospel we brought did not come to you in words only, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit, and with deep conviction. Indeed, you know what kind of people we proved to be while we were with you, acting on your behalf.
By common confession, the secret of our godly worship is great: In flesh was he revealed to sight, kept righteous by the Spirit's might, adored by angels singing. To nations was he manifest, believing souls found peace and rest, our Lord in heaven reigning!
Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for other believers in your speech, behavior, love, faithfulness, and purity.
If anyone teaches false doctrine and refuses to agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, and godly teaching,
Of course, godliness with contentment does bring a great profit.
But you, man of God, must flee from all these things. Instead, you must pursue righteousness, godliness, faithfulness, love, endurance, and gentleness.
Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for God has said, "I will never leave you or abandon you."
and studies himself carefully, and then goes off and immediately forgets what he looks like.
Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his noble conduct that his actions are done humbly and wisely.
Continue to live such upright lives among the gentiles that, when they slander you as practicers of evil, they may see your good actions and glorify God when he visits them.
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the full knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and excellence.
your knowledge with self-control, your self-control with endurance, your endurance with godliness,
as you look forward to and hasten the coming of the day of God, when the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved and the elements will melt with fire.